Subject: Raildate 11th March 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 11/03/2016, 16:35
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Due to "essential engineering work", there will be a planned power outage at Raildate Towers next week, so it's possible that the next issue might be late-running.


A short railway history course: Railways in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield, 5th April - 17th May

Mike Wilcock's video of railways in Wales - 25 movements, freight/passenger - 10 years ago

Martin Miller's video of Langley Mill station
And the National Tramway Museum - the early years

The funniest things train drivers have said
(Spotter: Brian Billing)

Gloucester & Warwickshire loco blog
Secrets of Croydon Tramlink
Economics of ships avoiding the Suez canal
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Rainhill Model Railway Show Sunday 6th March 2016
West Somerset Railway - S&D Spring Steam Gala, 2016
Remembering the Somerset & Dorset, West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala, 2016
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

RAF Clyffe Pypard, Wiltshire
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Network Rail plans asset sales to fund investment

Scrap intercity rail franchises, says competition watchdog

Public v private: what next for the ownership of Britain's railways?

Competition authority calls for more open access

Pacers: The train that the UK has struggled to get rid of

Train front ends can be different colours following RSSB safety rule change

Crossrail 2 route gets the green light

Heathrow problems go on, but Northern rules out link

Siemens 700 series stock ordered for Moorgate line

Additional SWT services between Yeovil and Weymouth

Great Western Railway and Network Rail sign alliance agreement

RAIB Report into dangerous occurrence at Wootton Bassett Jn - update

Somerset and Dorset Railway closure marked 50 years on
Remembering the vanished railway stations of the Somerset & Dorset line

Winning concepts for Oxford station redevelopment

More funding for East Anglian community lines

Passengers evacuated from smoking train at Stafford station

Talks begin to extend Robin Hood rail line and build new stations

Appleby landslip: Carlisle-to-Settle rail repair plan agreed

Rail staff threaten action over plan to downgrade conductors

Train cleaning depot to provide 50 new jobs

Scotland's first rail chaplains office opens at Paisley Gilmour Street

Testing of Scotrail 385 units to start in April

Peace breaks out at the West Somerset Railway

Talyllyn Railway announces new General Manager

Venice airport rail link plans move forward

Background to New Jersey Transit strike

New factory for EMU production in South Africa

London Underground discards 'stand on the right' rule

RAIB report into serious accident at Clapham South tube station

New trains unveiled for Glasgow Subway system

World’s costliest station to open at Ground Zero in New York

Tram-trains for Edinburgh’s South Suburban line backed by rail chief

Stolen car hits tram stop in Manchester

Light Rail network extension in Los Angeles

Starting date announced for Kansas City tram system

Forth Road Bridge failure 'unforeseeable', MSPs rule

Shetland Line ferry firm loses £12m contract case

Appeal to trace HMS Trincomalee's missing history

Ryanair to offer all-business 737-700 for charter

Jet Airways 737 suffers landing gear collapse in Mumbai

MH370 search: Investigators remain 'hopeful' on anniversary
Second MH370 report offers no new clues

So the Oval’s gasholder will survive, but our other beautiful gasometers are going

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Michael Prince, Alan Rushworth



13/03/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1820-2005
         "Piccadilly Third Stop"  1960 Melodrama of robbery from an Underground tunnel

15/03/16  BBC4 2320-0020
         "Indian Hill Railways"  2/3 The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

16/03/16  BBC4 0020-0120
         "The Story of British Pathe"  2/4 World War 2

17/03/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Indian Hill Railways"  3/3 The Kalka-Shilma Railway

17/03/16  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "Speed with Guy Martin: F1 Special"

Thanks to Simon Moppett for additional information this week



All details are correct to the best of my knowledge, but no responsibility is accepted for inaccuracies or changes

11/03/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Spring Steam Gala

12/03/16-   Avon Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

12/03/16-   The Midlands Garden Rail Show - Large Scale Model Rail
13/03/16    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

12/03/16-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Mixed Traction Weekend

13/03/16    Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation: The Spring Time Special
           The Rear Engined Bus Running Day, Winchester

17/03/16    Aln Valley Railway: Illustrated Talk
           Barter Books, Alnwick, NE66 2NP
           "Sir Edward Watkin and the original HS2" by Tom Lloyd

18/03/16    RCTS South Wales: Outdoor event
           Valleys Explorer Part 2: Vale of Glamorgan, Maesteg, Rhymney Valley and City Line
           Using Arriva Trains Wales Valleys Rover, 0939 to Bridgend from Cardiff Central Platform 7

18/03/16-   Bluebell Railway: Branch Line Gala

19/03/16    Romsey Signal Box open day
           Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LG

19/03/16    GW Railwayana Auctions - sale catalogue is now online
           Pershore High School, Station Road, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2BX

20/03/16    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Spring Steam Gala

21/03/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "The Elan Valley Railway" by Ken Mumford
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

25/03/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Easter Eggspress

25/03/16-   South Devon Railway: Easter Heritage Gala

25/03/16-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Weekend

25/03/16-   Isle of Man Railways: Rush Hour on the Railways

27/03/16    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Easter Egg Hunt

Cheers, Howard.
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